Questions tagged [privacy]

Apple hardware and software can log location as well as other sensitive information that you may wish to keep private. Also group questions that relate to general software and information relating on how to protect your privacy by choosing one configuration over another.

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Does Apple Pay offer consumer privacy advantages over traditional payment on the web?

As a developer, I know that an Apple Pay payment seems to offer more privacy in some cases when online. Can anyone elaborate the different scenarios Apple pay offers and what the consumer privacy ...
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iOS - Which user data are apps able to collect by default?

On iOS, I'm often considering using the mobile website of services instead of their app because of possible privacy concerns. Now I'm wondering if this is actually unnecessary. So my question is: ...
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How do I block callers from leaving voicemails?

A scammer has been harassing me for several days, being rude and making fraudulent claims. How can I stop them from calling me?
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How do I identify adware when browsing Apple's App Store?

I'm new to iOS and setting up a new iPhone. Can someone please explain how to avoid adware when choosing apps in the App Store? I will not install adware on my devices, and I'm happy to pay for apps ...
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How do I show the High Sierra application privacy dialogs again?

Background: see my other question here. I missed the new application privacy dialogs (e.g. in iTunes) the first time around after I upgraded to High Sierra. Is there any way to show them again? I ...
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iPassword backup through unsecured network

I am using the iPassword app on iPhone to store some less and medium important passwords to websites and emails. I have made probably a silly mistake. I was in the hotel and was using an unsecured ...
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How do I hide contact name from whatsapp notification on iphone5 [duplicate]

I saw someone's iphone5 whatsapp notification pop up with only the whatsapp badge and the word "message" but I can't figure out how to do that on my iphone5
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How do I hide names from incoming messages on whatsapp on my iphone5

I dont want the contact names to show on the notification but I stillwant the notification badge to show
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Unable to remove website data in Safari

In Safari --> Preferences --> Privacy --> Manage Website Data, I'm unable to remove the data that shows up as Databases. I'm able to remove Cookies and Cache data but not able to remove ...
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How can users find out or download what information Apple has about them?

The issue of digital privacy is becoming more prevalent in the minds of many smartphone and social media users, especially after controversies such as the recent Facebook / Cambridge Analytica scandal....
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Can MDM track my location?

I have Maas360 on my iPhone, but the app isn't installed it's only listed under MDM. Can it track my location even if I didnt give the app location permissions?
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Someone keeps sending me a link via bluetooth - how to stop them without disabling bluetooth?

In my Macbook, I keep getting a popup about a website link sent from an iPhone: I didn't even know about that feature, but anyway - the link is some random chinese website every time. Whenever I open ...
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What security preferences are blocking McAfee?

I changed some of my Macbook's security settings today. I also updated to the latest version of High Sierra (10.13.4) shortly before changing my security settings. Shortly thereafter, I got the ...
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`AppleCamera` used by Google Chrome even with all extensions+apps disabled/tabs closed

I'm noticing that Google Chrome (Version 65.0.3325.181 (Official Build) (64-bit) — current version as of writing this question) has enabled my MBP camera and, perhaps, the microphone: $ lsof | grep "...
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Apple and iCloud encryption keys

A friend of mine was arguing that Apple’s staunch pro-privacy and pro-security branding is disingenuous since they hold iCloud encryption keys. To what extent is this true or an oversimplification?
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Diagnostic & Usage On Apple Device

Hoping someone can help: I sent my apple device into a screen repair shop (had to drop off ipad and require to provide passcode) Can I use the diagnostic and usage to see what apps were opened during ...
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Strange watermark on a iPhone photo taken in Target

My friend recently took a photo with iPhone 5 in Target's changing room and a watermark automatically applied over it saying "You look goooood. #UniversalThread #TargetStyle". It wasn't written on ...
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How does iOS app Badoo tracks second registrations?

I've got a message from support that I cannot use the service anymore, and if I register a new profile they will automatically track it and block it. As I read from Uber's case it's forbidden by Apple ...
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Does iOS app developer have access to my iCloud billing info?

I see this data in my iCloud purchase history. There are my credit card number, my first and last name, my address, and iPhone's name. Which of this are accessible to the developer of the app? Is it ...
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Privacy: can a app from App Store access my Apple ID data?

Can a app from App Store access my Apple ID data (like first-name, last-name, country, email,...)? I am interested in both platforms, iOS and macOS.
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Uploading photos from MacOS Photos to Facebook?

What is the "simplest" and most privacy-conscious way to upload photos from your MacOS Photos collection to Facebook? I "trust" Facebook as little as possible (for obvious reasons) and so do not want ...
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Adblock Warning Removal List for iOS - block 'Please disable Ad-Block'

I use Adblock Warning Removal List for Safari on macOS. Adblock Warning Removal List Warning Removal list filter subscription when enabled, blocks these sorts of anti-adblock warnings and ...
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What more could I have done to secure my iPhone and iPad?

I recently travelled to China for work. To my surprise our IT department confiscated my iPhone and iPad saying they could not secure the data or communications on my devices against prying eyes. ...
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how to see all media in one place in an iphone

I am a new user of iPhone and seek any way of seeing all media on my iPhone in one place. This basically includes the songs, pics, videos etc... even from social apps like whatsapp etc. On Android ...
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How do I escalate a Mail UI/usability bug to Apple without having to include sysdiagnose data?

I'm trying to file a Mail UI/Usability bug and it won't let me file it without filing a sysdiagnose. I see NO reason that Apple needs that private configuration data for a bug that has nothing to do ...
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Blocking calls with no SIM card automatically on new?

If I block a number from my old iPhone without a SIM card, does that block the number on my new iPhone with SIM card? This is a replacement iPhone for my broken one.
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block “GET - On the App Store” link ads in Mobile Safari

A lot of mobile optimised web sites display App Store links on the top of the page. How to block this annoying ads? I already run and ad blocker for iOS.
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How did NordVPN implement the kill switch in their iOS app?

NordVPN provides an app for their customers that manages the VPN connection to their servers. The app comes with a kill switch feature that ensures that all network traffic goes through this ...
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iCloud init on Sierra upgrade - did Apple “dox” me?

I have files on my hard drive that I would rather not back up to the cloud. I'm just fine using external disk drives the old fashioned way. So when I upgraded to Sierra recently, it initialized ...
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Everything synced by iCloud

I want to know each and every core files my Mac sync with iCloud even the hidden files which one normally can't edit. I want to know what are other things iCloud sync except the items that are ...
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Activate iCloud but keep calendar private

My company invited me to join its iCloud calendar. On my iPhone I didn't activate "Calendar" in the iCloud settings until now for data privacy reasons. Will my private calendar on my iPhone be ...
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Do Safari private tabs stay open after iPhone shutdown?

Does Private Browsing in Safari keep private tabs open when you restart your iPhone 6, or do they get closed automatically? If private tabs remain open, when opening Safari will you see the normal ...
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Is there any way to decrease screensaver timeout every time my watch is moved away from the computer or phone?

Using the watch to unlock my Mac is a great feature, but I want the OS to shorten the idle time once the watch goes out of range. This way, if I'm wearing the watch, and I'm not facing the computer (...
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Why does my iPhone use my location when I tell it not to?

Why does my iPhone use my location even though I tell it not to? As you can see from the Time Zone setting, I have it switched off, yet it says that my location was recently used. Why bother having a ...
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Safari restored a private browsing session after my Mac crashed

I know where Safari keeps cache information, but my computer froze, and I had to reboot it forcibly. Prior to the freeze, I was using Safari with private browsing enabled (i.e. I was using a private ...
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WiFi hotspot without internet provider knowing?

I have a MacBook Pro with ethernet internet access on a corporate network. Due to corporate restrictions I cannot wire any other device to the network. My solution was to create a wifi-hotspot from ...
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Apple’s podcast app will share statistics/analytics with creators and advertisers - how to opt-out (protect privacy)?

I use on AppleTV and iOS the podcast app weekly. In headlines there were sad news about privacy Apple is going to let podcast creators — and advertisers — see what listeners actually like: A new ...
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How do I ensure my Mac is not sending data to Apple or programmers

The question is self-explanatory: How do I ensure my Mac is not sending data to Apple or programmers? I seem to recall these options appearing when I last installed the macOS, but want to make sure I ...
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Privacy: what personal data does Apple share with an app developer, when I buy an app?

What personal data is shared with an app developer when I buy an app? I am interested in Mac App Store and also iOS App Store. Do they see my real name, or location, or something different? I found, ...
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iPhone 7+ text message with no contact or text but location is on?

Browsing through my Messages on my iPhone 7+, I recently found a thread with no name, no number, and no message body. However when I click the ⓘ in the top right corner, I get the options to Send My ...
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Siri saved my reminder on the shared “family” list. How can I prevent this from happening again?

I asked Siri to remind me to purchase some personal items at the pharmacy, and right at that time the reminder appeared, I got an awkward phone call from a family member asking me why my reminders ...
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Does “Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi” use encryption?

I would like to sync my iPhone to iTunes over Wi-Fi but only if the process is encrypted for privacy. I'm still feeling a lack of trust after learning that MobileMe synced personal data across the ...
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How to prevent separate Google iPhone apps from auto sign-in (sandbox?)

I signed into the Google Mail app with my Google account. I saw that Google Maps app automatically signed me in. I never gave Google Maps my account credentials. How can I prevent this? Are apps not ...
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Why aren't nasdaq.com and yahoo.com removed when I clear Safari website data?

When I clear website data in Safari (Preferences --> Privacy --> Manage Website Data... --> Remove All), nasdaq.com and yahoo.com remain in the list. Is this a known issue, and how can I fix it?
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Does macOS Sierra do mac address randomisation? I know that iOS does it

Does macOS Sierra do mac address randomisation? I ask if because wonder if I need to run SpoofMAC when in hotel or foreigns hotspots (mobile MacBook Air) brew install spoof-mac spoof-mac list sudo ...
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Can apps see your Apple ID?

Let's say I installed an app from the App Store, and my Apple ID is johndoe@gmail.com. Is it technically possible for the app developer (a random person, not an app developed by Apple) to see ...
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How can I check whether my Mac OS El Captain network is tracked?

I want to check how (if) and what of my files and network data is logged when using my MacBook offsite. This is a work computer and I know almost all data is tracked when I am onsite. How can I check ...
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How can I explain the value of the Secure Enclave / (TPM chip) to a privacy conscious user?

The Apple Secure Enclave offers many opportunities for privacy and security. Credit card information, Private keys with specific I/O functions (the private data is never exposed), PII, etc are all ...
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Why iTC app privacy policy is not optional anymore?

When I open some of my apps in iTunesConnect, I see that they are require privacy policy now (the app become edited, Save button is active, privacy policy field is highlighted): I have this problem ...
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Avoid involuntary data pushing to iCloud during updates

I run iCloud on iOS/macOS with only "Contacts" (and iMessage) enabled, because I don't want other data copied out of my device. However, it seems that every time I upgrade iOS/macOS (and possibly ...